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Obituary: Joseph A. Lopez

Joseph A. Lopez

Joseph A. Lopez, an eight-year resident of Kingman, died Thursday, Oct. 24, at Nathan Adelson Hospice in Las Vegas, from complications following a massive stroke.

Joe, as he preferred to be called, retired as a contractor this year at age 70, after spending more than 35 years in the construction industry.

Born Dec. 3, 1942, to Jose Lopez and Rosa Colon in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, his family moved to Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1949. Joe moved to San Diego in 1978, and it was there that his career in building got its humble start.

Working as a dishwasher, he took money from each paycheck to buy a tool in hopes that he could eventually become a skilled craftsman. Starting as a handyman, Joe would go on to specialize in remodeling and renovations, building a company that would work throughout the country for some of the nation's largest mortgage companies and banks.

He was even better known for his ever-present good cheer and his unquestioned commitment to family and friends. In 2005, Joe and his wife Julie relocated to Kingman from Los Angeles so that her mother, the late Martha Waters, could spend her final years in her hometown.

In addition to Julie, his wife of 26 years, he is survived by sisters Maria Lopez of Sabana Grande, PR, Irene Hicks of Orlando, Fla., and Evelyn Martinez of Middleburgh, N.Y.; brothers Jorge Lopez of Rio Grande, P.R., Ralph Cruz of Brooklyn, N.Y., Mariano Cruz of Nassau County, N.Y., and Alberto Cruz of Queens, N.Y.; daughters Yvonne Lopez, Jennifer Lopez, Renee Nixon, Michelle Bell and Stephanie Yingling; sons Joseph Lopez II, Jeff Rhodes and Casey Rhodes; 19 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at St. John's United Methodist Church. Burial will follow at Mountain View Cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by Sutton Memorial Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hearts with Hope Foundation, www.heartswithhope.org or Mohave Museum of History and Arts, 400 W. Beale St., Kingman, AZ 86401.


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